Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cancer... It does a body no good....

We found out last night that my father-in-law has cancer. Actually, what we found out was that he has several brain tumors that have metastasized from somewhere else. I am assuming the prognosis is not good. But, as I write this, he has not yet seen a cancer doctor, and as the family waits to hear something, anything, about his condition, I am reliving the past in a not so good way...

About this same time eighteen years ago, my family fought its own losing battle with cancer, in the form of a brain tumor. It even had its own trendy little name: GBM. Which, for those of you not in the know, stands for glioblastoma multiforme. A particularly nasty and swift form of brain tumor, considered to be the end-all-be-all of brain tumors, a GBM is, or at least WAS IN 1990, a death sentence. And it claimed my mother at the ripe old age of 51.

But this isn't about my mother, this is about my father-in-law, which is what I have to keep reminding myself. Because otherwise, I'm going to go screaming into the night...

To those of you who are of a praying sort, it would be appreciated by my husband's family, if you could remember them in your daily prayers. To those of you who are NOT of a praying sort, how about flinging a few wishes to the heavens in their honor?

Me, I'll probably try a little of both, as I try my best to see past the shadow of my mother lying in that hospital bed, and focus instead on a man that I do admire, respect, and in whatever way I am yet able to, love.

Miss Anne Derstood

9 comments:

THopgood said...

Praying for your family's strength...

Bina said...

I am so very sorry. I will certainly be praying for all of you and sending positive energy your way.

Bev Sykes said...

I'm so sorry!

Jen said...

May God wrap His arms around you and your entire family during this difficult time. I pray that your F.I.L can get through this.

the planet of janet said...

(((((hugs to you, the hubs and things 1 and 2))))

baseballmom said...

Wow, so sorry...thinking of you guys.

Hammer said...

So sorry about the bad news.
Keep us posted.

Sleeping Mommy said...

I'm so sorry, Sweetie. Consider your family added to the prayer list.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

May Big Ernie help you out.